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Hungarian Champions Ferencvaros They hope to take another step towards the group stage of the main European competition on Tuesday, when they face Lithuania. FK Zalgiris in Budapest.
The hosts were uncontrolled winners of their national league last season, while finishing last of Champions League Group G, so they will be looking for another big shot by moving on to the second qualifying round.
Having enjoyed the rare taste of mixing with the cream of European football last year, when they competed with Juventus, Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev in the group stage of the Champions League, Ferencvaros intends to return to the top table of the continent this season.
After claiming his 32nd league title, and the third in a row; this time by a 20-point margin – Fradi is now three steps away from making his third appearance in the competition proper, having previously participated in 1995-96.
While the coach Serhiy Rebrov He recently left for Al-Ain from the United Arab Emirates, after a successful stint at the Budapest club, new coach Peter stoger , who was briefly in charge of Borussia Dortmund, has safely guided his team through the first round of the qualifying process.
A 3-0 home win was followed by last week’s comfortable 3-1 win over Kosovo’s Prishtina, ahead of this tie with Zalgiris and the upcoming start of the Hungarian league title defense.
Morale-boosting friendly victories over Ludogorets and Legia Warsaw have also helped Stoger adapt smoothly, with the midfielder Kristoffer Zachariassen – who scored 21 goals in 45 appearances for Rosenborg and is currently the top scorer in the Norwegian top flight – joins his new partner Stjepan Loncar on strengthening Fradi’s midfield options this year.
Though coming in as the underdog of a weaker domestic league, Zalgiris can boast of having his own midfield master in the form of Ogenyi Onazi, who previously spent four years with Lazio in Serie A and was on the scoreboard when his current team wiped out Linfield’s hopes in the first qualifying round.
The same in the first half for the former Hearts defender Saulius Mikoliunas proved to be enough to seal the Lithuanian champions’ progress at Windsor Park, resulting in a 2-1 win to back up their 3-1 success at home.
The vilnius club has been in action at A Lyga since March and is currently back at the top of the table, just two points behind Suduva, which it will face between the two games of this European tie.
Although modestly funded compared to Ferencvaros, they are undefeated in all competitions since May, so Zalgiris may travel south with some hope of a victory in the Hungarian capital.
New boss Peter Stoger sent his team Ferencvaros in a 4-2-3-1 offensive formation for both first qualifying round matches tied with Prishtina, so he is expected to maintain that form on Tuesday.
Extreme Albanian Myrto uzuniThe return hat-trick should be enough to keep his place on the right flank, while the Slovakia international Robert Mak will start on the opposite side.
Franck boli Y Ryan mmaee – who arrived from AEL Limassol earlier this month, to join his brother Samy mmaee in the club – they are the main candidates to start from the beginning. Meanwhile, it is unlikely that his new companions Stjepan Loncar and Kristoffer Zachariassen will appear yet.
Zalgiris will not have two first-choice players for the first leg, as both center-backs Elhadji Pape Diaw and midfielder Karolis Uzela were sacked in Belfast last time in this competition, the latter for a raw 89-minute challenge at Linfield Cammy Palmer.
Serbian defender Ivan Tatomirovic he is the favorite to replace Diaw alongside club captain Saulius Mikoliunas, who will start as a right-back.
Well traveled Croatian forward Josip Tadic will compete with Jakub Sylvestr to assume the role of center forward.
Possible starting lineup of Ferencvaros:
Dibusz; Wingo, Blazic, S. Mmaee, Civic; Siger, Kharatin; Uzuni, Nguen, Mak; Pen
Possible starting lineup of FK Zalgiris:
Gertmonas; Mikoliunas, Tatomirovic, Ljubisavljevic, Bopesu; Onazi, Gamakov, Verbickas; Kyeremeh, Sylvestr, Videmont
Correct Score: Ferencvaros 3-1 FK Zalgiris
Although Zalgiris are on a long unbeaten streak and should certainly be in better shape, Ferencvaros is a step up in the class for Vilnius men, so their bottom line could be broken more than once on Tuesday.
The visitors, however, pose a clear threat in the final third, so they can find the net on their own to keep alive the slim hopes of a comeback comeback.
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